小黄鸭视频

Instrumental Groups

Instrumental Groups

At 小黄鸭视频 we pride ourselves on the range of instrumental ensembles run which give our students the opportunity to perform together and experience repertoire outside of their individual music lessons. The ensembles are led by our music staff and Visiting Music Teachers, whose specialisms encompass all orchestral instruments as well as guitar and drums. A high level of playing is maintained throughout the instrumental families and pupils are expected to attend rehearsals on a weekly basis.

These groups perform regularly throughout each term and are a vital part of the musical life at 小黄鸭视频.

SINFONIA

Sinfonia is just one of 小黄鸭视频’s flagship orchestras. Consisting of senior members from our String Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Woodwind and Percussion ensemble, Sinfonia is an orchestra at the highest level. Playing classical and contemporary works by great composers such as Holst, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Brahms, Ravel, and Debussy, the orchestra sets out to challenge its members and is a feature in our annual concert at St. James’s Church, Piccadilly.

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Symphony Orchestra is the largest ensemble at 小黄鸭视频 with over 120 students. Combining the full forces of the String, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion faculties, Symphony Orchestra welcomes musicians of all abilities from the First Year to Upper Sixth. Making an impressive debut with Stravinsky鈥檚 鈥楩irebird鈥 and wowing their audience with a spellbinding rendition of Tchaikovsky鈥檚 鈥楴utcracker Suite鈥, the Symphony Orchestra鈥檚 performance is always a highlight.

SENIOR STRING ENSEMBLE

Our members, ranging from Grade 7 through to Diploma level, enjoy an in-depth study of challenging repertoire in an environment where discussion of style and musical interpretation is at the core of every rehearsal and recent highlights have included Barber鈥檚 magnificent 鈥楢dagio鈥. The Senior String Orchestra also accompanies the school鈥檚 Chamber Choir and聽 choral events, from a massed community chorus of Vivaldi鈥檚 鈥楪loria鈥 to a Swing Night with over 70 voices from the community.

BRASS ENSEMBLE

With their success and dedication within the Wind Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia, 小黄鸭视频 are proud of their epic brass section.聽 Constantly developing and taking on new challenges every turn, they have emerged as an ensemble in their own right. Having performed at Westminster Abbey and St John鈥檚 Smith Square, they were chosen to join the brass section of the London Mozart Players to premiere a new piece of music in the inaugural Croydon Festival of Peace.聽 They have also聽 competed in the Pro Corda National Music Festival reaching the Semi Finals.聽 A key ensemble in many of the School鈥檚 concerts, Brass Ensemble is open to all brass players from the First Year to Upper Sixth who are Grade 5 and above.

TRUMPET ENSEMBLE (Fanfare Team)聽

The Trumpet Ensemble consists of our senior trumpeters.聽 In the military world they would be referred to as a trumpet fanfare team.聽A team of Herald Trumpeters is the most impressive way of drawing attention to any key event and our trumpet ensemble are used for our schools main events such as open days, CCF passing out and inspection parades as well as Remembrance services.聽There are times when an event requires something different 鈥 prestige, class, style, heritage and sophistication. These are just a few of the attributes that theTrumpet Ensemble brings with them, as standard, to any performance.聽Run by one of Britain鈥檚 finest trumpeters from the LSO and RPO Gerry Ruddock (trumpet teacher at 小黄鸭视频)聽

CELLO ENSEMBLE

The Cello Ensemble is an adventurous collective of our senior cellists that represents the high level of string performance at the school. For many schools, to have such an octet is a luxury, but for us we believe it is shows the standard of teaching and commitment from our pupils and our Cello Ensemble is a welcome addition to our already established ensembles.聽Jointly run by our Assistant Director of Music Helena Richards and cello teacher Clare Quinton聽

TRANSITION STRINGS

Our Transition String orchestra offers something for all of our younger musicians who are still learning and strengthening their foundation on their instrument.聽 We use the transition strings as a pathway to our senior orchestra which is for pupils who have achieved grade 6 and above.聽Repertoire is progressive and fun.聽Jointly run by Head of Instrumental Music Brian Hill and Head of Academic Music, Tristan Hall聽

WIND ORCHESTRA

小黄鸭视频 Wind Orchestra sets the standard of music required from all wind, brass and percussion players at 小黄鸭视频. Performing dramatic and captivating works such as Mussorgsky鈥檚 鈥楴ight on a Bare Mountain鈥, Wagner鈥檚 鈥楻ide of the Valkyrie鈥 and Todd Salter鈥檚 鈥楻ampage鈥 to the fun loving 鈥楲ion King Medley鈥, the Wind Orchestra is an essential component at all major 小黄鸭视频 concerts.聽 Such is their adaptability, they recently took on the repertoire of a marching band, accompanying the School鈥檚 CCF cadets for their Annual General Inspection & Passing Out Parade as well as leading the schools Remembrance service.聽 Featuring pieces such as Sousa鈥檚 鈥楲iberty Bell鈥, the touching 鈥楬ymn to the Fallen鈥, and the traditional 鈥楤ritish Grenadiers鈥, members enjoyed an experience to remember.

CORP OF DRUMS

Originating as the percussion section for all of the school鈥檚 orchestras, the Corp of Drums has recently been formed to play for the school鈥檚 vibrant CCF.聽 Debuting at this year鈥檚 General Inspection and Passing Out Parade, the Corp of Drums were a musical spectacle much enjoyed by all in attendance.

CHAMBER ENSEMBLES

We offer a range of smaller ensembles that include:

  • Piano trios
  • String quartets
  • Flute choir
  • Piano duets
  • Year 1 Rock Band
  • Scholars鈥 Ensemble

These ensembles rehearse weekly and participate in the School鈥檚 Chamber Music Concerts as well as taking part in local music festivals.

 

 

 

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